Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blush Special Occasion Make-Up

Servicing the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and South Coast regions, Blush Special Occasion Make-Up will work with you to create your dream wedding day look.

Erin from Blush has trained at the Napoleon Perdis Make-Up Academy, and is a qualified beauty therapist with years of salon experience in the beauty industry. Erin aims to make your day enjoyable and relaxing, whilst enhancing your natural beauty. A professional mobile make-up artist, Erin will create an individual style so you look and feel fantastic on your special day.
Contact Blush Special Occasion Make-Up today to arrange a trial.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Berkelouw Books

Looking for something to do on the weekend? Why not visit the rare books department at Berkelouw Books in Berrima. Berkelouw Books is Australia’s largest rare and antiquarian bookdealer. Although Berkelouw Books  sells new books in its city stores, Berkelouw Books was built on the trade of rare and valuable books, and this remains at the heart of the Berkelouw operation.

Berkelouw Books' Rare and Antiquarian Book Department, which houses over 40,000 items, is located on ‘Bendooley’, a property just north of Berrima in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. The books, pamphlets and journals cover an extraordinary range of topics and periods forming a collection that will interest most book collectors. Latest Acquisition Catalogues are issued regularly and can be received as a printed item or as an email.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

Celebrate your wedding with friends and family over an private weekend retreat at one of the most picturesque destinations in NSW. Located just two hours drive from Sydney, with one of the most beautiful aspects in Kangaroo Valley. 

The beauty of a weekend wedding at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is that you get to stay with your family and friends, catch up and reminisce before your wedding ceremony and continue your celebrations after the wedding day, all amidst a private and breathtaking natural setting.

Accommodating up to 68 guests on-site, and with a range of outdoor activities for your guests recreation and enjoyment, you can book exclusive use of the property, accommodation and all on-site facilities to share with your friends and family for a truly memorable weekend of celebrations.

The Ceremony
Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat offers a choice of magnificent natural venues to hold your wedding service from the distinctive cathedral-like rock cavity to the beautiful deck overlooking the valley.

Alternatively, the ceremony can be conducted at the Function Building. Should the weather prove unsuitable for an outdoor ceremony, the function room & covered pergola can easily be converted into an attractive and spacious venue to hold your ceremony.

The Reception
The function room adjoining the main guest lodge is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. With seating for 90-120 people, serviced by a magnificent new industrial kitchen that can cater for up to 200 guests.

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat has everything you need to host a very special wedding celebration for your friends and family that can continue long into the night!  If you have additional guests we can erect a Marquee in front of the covered pergola. 

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat offers a charming Dining Hall and covered Pergola with seating for 90 people, serviced by a magnificent new industrial kitchen that can cater for up to 200 guests

Our caterers will delight you and your guests with sumptuous fare from their delectable menu. Alternatively you can choose your own catering company at our venue or even self-catering can be arranged.

Other on-site facilities include a fully-fenced swimming pool, volleyball court, a children's play area and shaded break-out areas with benches and chairs.
At Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat you won't share the property with other guests. Put simply, you own the entire 100 acres for the duration of your stay.
Follow the beautiful bush and river trails, enjoy a bottle of local wine as you take in the breathtaking escarpment view, reminisce around a roaring log fire under a stunning star-filled sky, lounge by the pool or catch your own dinner in the bountiful Kangaroo River.

There are so many ways for you and your guests to create an unforgettable experience at the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

INXS to Rock Centennial Vineyards this Australia Day

A Day on the Green continues its 10th birthday celebrations with the announcement of a huge Australia Day concert at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral. Aussie rock legends INXS, with special guest JD Fortune, will head up this very special concert event on Wednesday January 26 2011. What better way to celebrate our national day than with good food, good wine and this iconic Aussie band!

Joining INXS will be US Grammy-Award winners Train, whose blues and folk-infused rock has propelled them to the top of the charts around the world. The reformed Baby Animals and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Sean Kelly (from Models) complete this stellar line-up.

A Day on the Green promoter Michael Newton said: “We’ve wanted to do an Australia Day concert for a while now and when the opportunity came up with INXS, we knew they were the perfect band. Despite all their phenomenal international success, they have always been such a classic Australian act. They are really excited to be playing on this special day so we are in for an awesome concert.”

The show is part of a national tour for INXS – their first in four years and exclusive to A Day on the Green - to support a new album which kicks off an exciting new chapter in their illustrious career. For more than 30 years INXS have maintained their position as a great and consummate global rock band. With more than 35 million album sold, an enviable reputation for live performance and a collection of master hits that have stood the test of time, INXS remain one of our most-loved and respected treasures.

The band’s upcoming album heralds a new beginning with guest vocalists joining the five band members to rework classic INXS songs into new incarnations. The project has been in progress for the past year, with Ben Harper’s version of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ released last month as the first tantalising taste of what is to come. Tracks have been recorded by Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) Pat Monahan (Train), Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), hip hop star Tricky and JD Fortune, with more to be announced. The album is a unique, challenging and inspiring way to bring classic INXS songs into the modern era and to a whole new audience.

“INXS is really excited to be playing in some great locations around Australia, and to our fans,” Andrew Farriss of INXS said. “Also having Train, The Baby Animals and Sean Kelly on the same stages we will be playing to their fans as well as ours – so it should be a sight to see. We’ll see you there!”

One of the artists featuring on the INXS album, Patrick Monahan and his band TRAIN will take up the special guest support slot. With their triple platinum #1 single ‘Hey Soul Sister’, the top 5 airplay hit ‘If It’s Love’ and the new single ‘Save Me, San Francisco’ (from the album of the same name) all dominating radio, Train have been re-energised as one of the most successful chart acts of the year. After playing theatre shows here in June, the band are looking forward to the larger winery shows and introducing their music to a wider audience.

THE BABY ANIMALS roared into Aussie rock history with their 8 times platinum self-titled debut album in the early 90s, with hits like ‘Early Warning’, ‘One Word’ and ‘Rush You’ firmly establishing the band, and its charismatic front woman Suze De Marchi. After disbanding in 1996, they made a hugely popular return in 2008, and again earlier this year in the ‘Rock N Roll Symphony’ national tour with Chrissie Amphlett and Diesel. Suze has recently returned to Sydney after decades in the US, and with original Baby Animals partner Dave Leslie is working on new material and keen to hit the stage again. 

The announcement that Models would be inducted into this year’s ARIA Hall Of Fame is recognition of the status this pioneering Melbourne band and its pioneering frontman SEAN KELLY has always held. Emerging from the post new wave scene, Models’ produced ground-breaking albums ‘The Pleasure Of Your Company’ and ‘Out Of Mind Out Of Sight’. Kelly then joined up with friend Wendy Matthews to form the hugely successful Absent Friends. Kelly has continued to work as a producer and performer with his solo combo and leading various Models reunions and makes his a day on the green debut on this tour.

So there you have it - INXS, Train, The Baby Animals and Sean Kelly (Models) in a very special Australia Day concert event!


A Day on the Green is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available for purchase on site or BYO picnic. Picnic rugs & deck chairs are recommended. Gates open at 3.00pm. For full event information go to


  • Gold: $175 plus b/fee
  • Silver: $135 plus b/fee
  • General Admission: $105 plus b/fee
  • For Concert and Dining Packages call Centennial Vineyards (02) 4861 8701.
Ticket & Transport packages available from Stuarts Coaches | 02 4421 0332 | For transport enquiries, call Berrima Buslines on 02 4871 3211 or visit

Southern Highlands Taxis 02 4872 4800.

For ticket & accommodation packages, call Southern Highlands Tourist Office 1300 657 559 or visit

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Garden Party with Your Event Solution

A clear-roofed pavilion from Your Even Solution is perfect for a garden wedding or a dreamy celebration under the stars. The clear sides are great for enjoying beautiful surroundings or for opening to capture cooling breezes and natural perfumes. Your YES wedding pavilion is a blank canvas around which you can build the setting of your dreams…

Visit Your Event Solution to find out more.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Generosity of a Community…

It's so wonderful to see communities banding together in times like this to help those affected by the flood disaster in Queensland. Yesterday, a group of girls together with local event business Your Event Solution teamed up and began gathering items to send to flood victims in Queensland.

With the help of Your Event Solution, The Lions Club, Nowra Removals (who kindly offered the use of their truck) and generous members of the local community, the group was able to send a care package of everything from toiletries and household items to bottles of fresh water and tinned food, even nappies and baby clothes for the little ones. 

The group said they were overwhelmed by the support of the local community, and with the help of Your Event Solution, they are planning another drive in a few weeks time. Stay tuned for more details about how you can get involved in the effort…

Well done to Your Event Solution for their involvement and support for this fantastic cause and a big thank you for the generous donations made by the local community! 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Brown Shutter

Come and visit us in the historic township of Berrima, in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Our eclectic store will delight you as you meander through our historic cottage location. We specialise in a huge range of quality gifts, decorations and accessories for you and your home. Beautiful gifts include silk flowers, picture frames, mens' gifts, scarves, jewellery, caneware, furniture, lamps, gift cards, Elliott Kennedy clothing and much, much more. You will find gifts for everyone!

Service:    Gifts & Homewares
Location:    Illawarra / Southern Highlands
Phone:    (02) 4877 1211
Address:    Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Wedding at Eschalot

Eschalot Restaurant is a small and intimate fine dining restaurant where you can celebrate in style with total privacy. Eschalot Restaurant is a beautiful, 100 year old stone building situated in Berrima in the Southern Highlands. The rooms are lit by chandeliers and candles and are intimate and comfortable. The perfect place to hold your dream wedding and reception…

With classical gardens surrounding the main dining house, the formal courtyard during summer can also be utilised for weddings and formal functions.

Eschalot is the perfect venue for and we can happily organise anything from a simple cocktail party to a seated set course menu for up to 100 guests.

Visit Eschalot

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral - Innovation in the Southern Highlands

Among century old elms, oaks and pine trees, Gibraltar Hotel Bowral emerges within proximity of the picturesque town centre of Bowral in New South Wales, the heart of the Southern Highlands. Ideally located within a short distance from Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra, Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is the latest and most sophisticated in Bowral accommodation and a luxury home base to the unique offerings of the region: Gibbergunyah reserve and its nature walks, renowned cricket grounds and golf courses, Bradman Museum, gourmet pastries and jams, over 60 wineries, 16 cellar doors, quaint cafés and ultimately a breath of fresh country air.

Designed with comfort and versatility in mind, the hotel’s 76 Guest Rooms and Suites break ground in hotel accommodation in the Southern Highlands. All guest rooms are welcoming, eclectic; all have views, and are an ample 40 square metres. All rooms are filled with natural light and our suites rival any apartment accommodation in the area.

Eclectically appointed yet as relaxed as quality motel accommodation, Gibraltar Hotel Bowral delivers the personal service required of a luxury resort. Surpassing expectations, the hotel features modern luxury accommodation, a blend of country warmth and city chic.

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral also provides the ideal balance and versatility in conference venues and group accommodation, both key ingredients in delivering successful meetings and events.

The largest and most flexible of functions centres in the region, the Gibraltar Ballroom, 420 square metres framed by undulating greens, is complemented by 7 breakout rooms with access to terraces and unique features.
Additionally, as the perfect canvas for a show or as the best of wedding ceremony venues in Bowral, the Gallery embellishes the hotel with 21-ft ceilings and idyllic outlooks of Mount Gibraltar. Furthermore, the hotel has experienced event organisers at your fingertips to ensure the success of your meeting, conference, corporate retreat, incentive travel, or event.

Bowral Day Spa's soothing treatment rooms (opening March 1st 2011), will be the ideal preamble to a restful night in a specially designed Gibraltar King Bed, a standard of the hotel.

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is everything and more you could ever desire in charming boutique accommodation. It is a great weekend escape, a versatile corporate meeting solution and a new masterpiece of architectural balance and eclectic interior design.

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